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Know Your Suffixes: -er and -est 2

In this worksheet, students add -er and -est to words with short vowels and consider some exceptions.

'Know Your Suffixes: -er and -est 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Add Suffixes to Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

We add the endings -er and -est to words when we want to compare things.

The purple car is old, but the orange car is older and the black car is the oldest.

 

If the word has a short vowel sound just before the last letter we double the last letter before we add the -er and -est.

big / bigger / biggest

 

If there are two consonants (words that are not vowels) after the short vowel sound we don't double the last letter.

long / longer / longest

 

If the vowel sound is long we don't double the last letter.

cheap / cheaper / cheapest

 

Finally, there are some words that don't obey the rules at all!

good / better / best

bad / worse / worst

Add -er to the word below. Think about whether you need to change the ending of the word first.

 

hot

Add -er to the word below.

 

great

Add -er to the word below.

 

cold

Add -er to the word below.

 

thin

Add -er to the word below.

 

good

Add -est to the word below.

 

rich

Add -est to the word below. The important vowel is the one nearer the end of the word.

 

narrow

Add -est to the word below.

 

dear

There is a mistake in the sentence below. Rewrite it correctly.

 

Jenny's cold was bad on Monday and it was badder on Tuesday.

Rewrite this sentence correctly.

 

The baddest thing about school is having to do homework.

  • Question 1

Add -er to the word below. Think about whether you need to change the ending of the word first.

 

hot

CORRECT ANSWER
hotter
  • Question 2

Add -er to the word below.

 

great

CORRECT ANSWER
greater
EDDIE SAYS
The vowel sound in 'great' is long so you don't need to double the 't'.
  • Question 3

Add -er to the word below.

 

cold

CORRECT ANSWER
colder
  • Question 4

Add -er to the word below.

 

thin

CORRECT ANSWER
thinner
  • Question 5

Add -er to the word below.

 

good

CORRECT ANSWER
better
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember that 'good' doesn't follow the rules?
  • Question 6

Add -est to the word below.

 

rich

CORRECT ANSWER
richest
  • Question 7

Add -est to the word below. The important vowel is the one nearer the end of the word.

 

narrow

CORRECT ANSWER
narrowest
  • Question 8

Add -est to the word below.

 

dear

CORRECT ANSWER
dearest
  • Question 9

There is a mistake in the sentence below. Rewrite it correctly.

 

Jenny's cold was bad on Monday and it was badder on Tuesday.

CORRECT ANSWER
Jenny's cold was bad on Monday and it was worse on Tuesday.
  • Question 10

Rewrite this sentence correctly.

 

The baddest thing about school is having to do homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
The worst thing about school is having to do homework.
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